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Introduction to Cancer Genetics

Introduction to Cancer Genetics

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Fundamentals of Cancer Research. During the human lifetime, there are 10 million billion cell divisions and each division represents, as Robert Weinberg puts it, "an opportunity for disaster, for chaos to occur." The longer-lived the organism, the more likely it is that one cell eventually "will lose the ability to collaborate with its neighbors" in maintaining structure and function, and just start multiplying uncontrollably. Weinberg and other researchers are delving at the molecular and genetic level to understand why and how this single cell begins to proliferate, leading over years and through different stages, to cancer. Weinberg offers a primer on the process of cancer formation, which he likens to Darwinian evolution but within the... Show More

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